Voters should chose (sic) Leslie Harris for Seattle School Board District 6
They go on to say - in the first sentence - "Voters should oust incumbent Marty McLaren from Seattle School Board District 6 and bring in longtime parent advocate Leslie Harris."
They use words like "detail-oriented" and "analytical" and "transparency" to describe Harris.
They described McLaren as "complacent" and complained that she could not give a "substantive example" of her consensus building at their editorial board meeting.
They mention the third candidate in the race, Nick Esparza, as well.
Swinging back the other way, they chose the candidate other than Jill Geary in the District 3 race. I put it that way because the Times didn't even have the grace to name Geary as her opponent (nor mention Stephen Clayton who is also running).
This was a decidedly odd, yet typical, Times endorsement. They mention all of the candidate's experience including the fact that she is a member of the School Board Leaders for the Future group. Now I knew this because she was introduced at their opening meeting as being part of their leadership group. And now, magically, her name has disappeared from their website.
I guess it looks strange to be part of group that says it knows all the best practices for school board directors when you are running for the first time to be a school board director. (I'll note that the only person at that meeting to say they were considering running was me and a couple of people from Federal Way.)
The Times manages to bring in the dreaded "micromanaging" term and stress that their favored candidate will avoid it.
What is odd is that they mention her endorsement by current Board members, all of whom are exiting the Board. They say, "Having existing relationships with board members and with school district staff should be an asset as long as she prioritizes what is best for students, not her alliances or the teachers union."
Wait, what? They like her "existing relationships" but not her mystery "alliances." And fyi to the Times and all the candidates running - you DO need to have a good working relationship with the all the unions that work for the district.
Can't wait to see what they say about the other races.